The teacher handbook contains a brief summary of the rationale behind the DTEEL project as well as an overview of the lesson plans designed for each grade level.
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DTEEL Curriculum Units
Each grade level, kindergarten through 5th, contains between 8 and 9 units, each focusing on one of the following areas of engineering: Materials, Structures, Mechanisms, and Work & Energy. Later units in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades synthesize previous content in Systems thinking. All grade levels contain engineering activities designed to maximize collaboration, communication, and systems thinking (Katehi, Pearson, & Feder, 2009). Specifically, the activities:
structure the use of language for communication—verbal, non-verbal, and text-based— to integrate students’ STEM and linguistic development without compromising one to the other.
incorporate a collaborative focus to facilitate the social, as well as STEM, integration of EL students necessary for their overall academic success.
develop systems thinking, the ability to see a problem from different perspectives and view an issue from multiple angles.
articulate clear language objectives for emergent bilingual EL students at varying levels of English proficiency.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. (1503428-PI, Callahan). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.